Another Photo Award and Ranking!

Are you sick of hearing about my new photography obsession? I hope not lol, but when I get into something, I REALLY get into it. Blame autism 🙂

So, I posted two days ago about winning my first crowd favorite award on Photocrowd. Well guess what? I won another one! This time for this photo (in a contest about “Naturally Eerie” things):

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Oh, and another cool thing, when I started on the photography site around 3 weeks ago or so, I ranked in the 20,000’s (they rank all photographers by success markers on the site, such as contest wins, crowd opinion, likes, etc.), last week I moved up to the 12,000’s, and this week I’m up to the 5,000’s!

Like the Jeffersons, I’m moving on up!

First Photography Award on Photocrowd

Recently I told you guys I had really gotten into photography and was entering contests on a site called Photocrowd. Yesterday I found out that I had won my first award on the site! It isn’t a major award, but I won a crowd favorite award for being in the top half of the crowd choice for a contest about “The Abstract Universe”. Here is the photo that won the award:

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The photography talent on Photocrowd is amazing (many are professionals), so I am honored to even compete with them and come close to the top of any contest!

Covid Results, Migraines, Friends

First off, I got my covid results back yesterday. No coronavirus detected! That was certainly a big relief! Now I don’t have to worry about staying quarantined for weeks!

On the sucky side of things, I did have a full-blown migraine last night. I’m not sure if it was caused by my anxiety about the test results the past few days, or something else, but it was miserable. When I get migraines like that my neck kills me too (you can actually feel the tension and swelling in the back of the neck). Like most migraine sufferers, I can’t stand sound or light, and I get nauseated and dizzy as well. I went to bed early and slept about 9-10 hours, but still feel the aftereffects of it today and fear it coming back in full force.

I’m also a little sad because while I was unsure of my covid status, some friends of mine got together for the first time in forever, and of course didn’t invite me (I don’t blame them, they knew about the covid possibility), but it still bummed me out that I missed the chance to see them.

Covid? Update

Well, I did get the test done yesterday at a drive-thru testing center. I was so glad it was drive-thru, because the last thing I wanted to do was be around a bunch of other potentially covid-infected people when I wasn’t sure if I have it yet or not. My doctor decided to go ahead and test my husband too. (By the way, the test wasn’t that bad, I’ve had MUCH worse medical tests!)

We won’t know the results for about a week probably. I’m not sure what to do in the meantime? Do we go ahead and quarantine ourselves in the house since we don’t know? If we do that and we are infected, we will end up being quarantined for about 3 weeks at least.

I don’t know how that will work when someone has to go get milk, prescriptions, and other essentials and it is just the two of us living here. I guess we just minimize going out as much as possible? We definitely won’t be visiting anyone, going out to eat, or shopping for unnecessary items.

Any of you had to self-quarantine at home? Any tips?

Covid?

Man, I feel bad. About 4-5 days ago at least, I started having issues with a sore throat and stuffy nose. I figured maybe it was a little cold, or even allergies. I started having worsening asthma symptoms and chest pain too, but figured that was the heat (it always triggers my asthma some).

Today, I woke up feeling like I couldn’t move or get out of bed. The body aches and fatigue are unreal. Worse even than some of my CFS flareups. Everything seems slowed down, and my brain is super foggy. I’ve also had headache, itching all over (and what looks like it might be hives), nausea, and a fever off and on.

I’m not sure if it is covid, but man I feel bad. I am in contact with my doctor about it and will probably end up getting tested. Our county is a hotspot here in Ohio, so it easily could be Covid.

Now, I’m going back to bed (even though I slept more than 12 hours). Goodnight.

I Joined a Photography Contest Site – Lots of Fun!

Recently I joined a site called Photocrowd. Lately I’ve been more into artistic photography and Photocrowd is a site where you can post your photos and enter a bunch of contests on all kinds of photography subjects.

You can start posting and entering contests for free, but if you like the site, you might want to buy a subscription so you get unlimited contest entries. I recently did this upgrade and it was under $40 for a year, so not that bad really. Some of the contests offer prizes and some don’t, but it is the fun of entering and giving it a try that appeals most to me.

Several of the contest themes have even inspired me to go take photos I probably wouldn’t have thought of taking otherwise. I love seeing how others interpret the subject matter in their own photos as well.

So far, my photos aren’t doing great in placing at the top of the contests, but I’m not sure if that is because I’m new and don’t have much clout on the site yet, or if I need to step up my photography game lol. I’m hoping it is the former, but I am always working on improving myself and my art too.

If you happen to be on Photocrowd too, check out my profile and show my pictures some love if you want to ♥

(BTW, I have NO business affiliation with Photocrowd, I just genuinely have been enjoying the site!)